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VLS Announcements 140 - 2 June 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to everyone who has booked in annual and long service leave as a result of the Vice Chancellor’s request for us to get our leave balances down to more sustainable levels. If you haven’t done this yet then please book in your leave through MyHR.

It also turns out that the School has a very low rate of staff compliance in completing eLearning Compliance Modules. Please could you set aside some time in the next week or two to complete your modules – and particularly the record keeping modules as required under the State records act. You can access these training modules through the MyHR site, under “my training”. Although important, they are not particularly difficult to do. Once done they are valid for two years. We are all obliged to complete these modules so that we are appropriately trained to meet a variety of workplace situations, and to understand our responsibilities as University employees.

Thank you to Garth Maker, Mike Van Keulen, Treena Burgess, Phil Stumbles, David Newsome, Greg Simpson, Mike Calver, Jennifer Verduin and Jason Terpolilli for representing the School at the Careers and Education Expo last weekend. These events are of great importance for Undergraduate recruitment.

Kind regards,

David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Mhairi Finlayson COB each Tuesday for publication Thursday

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Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Unit Guidesfor action

    If staff have any old unit guides ranging from 2002-2015 could they please send them to Kiara on k.roche@murdoch.edu.au

  • NHMRC announcement - Major Restructure of the Grants Program

    The NHMRC has announced a major restructure of their Grants Program - https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/restructure

    The restructured program will comprise Investigator Grants, Synergy Grants, Ideas Grants which will replace Fellowships, Program Grants and Project Grants; and the new Strategic and Leveraging Grants. Reduced limits will be placed on the number of grants an individual researcher can apply for or hold.

    Timing and next steps:
    Applications for Investigator, Synergy and Ideas Grants will open in late 2018-early 2019 for funding commencing in 2020. A comprehensive transition strategy is being developed to phase in the changes to the grant program while maintaining ‘business as usual’ for most funding schemes.

    In the interim, some transitional arrangements will be put in place at the end of 2017 and will apply to the late 2018 application round (for funding in 2019):

    • To begin the adjustment to the new capping arrangements under the restructured grant program, interim capping arrangements will be introduced in the 2018 Project Grant funding round.
    • Applicants will be able to submit up to two Project Grant applications in the 2018 Project Grant funding round. Applicants must continue to comply with NHMRC policy on the numbers of concurrently held grants (maximum of six). For example, if an applicant will hold five active Project Grants in 2019, only one Project Grant application can be submitted.
    • There will be no Program Grant round in 2018 (for funding in 2020) as this scheme will be replaced by the Synergy Grant scheme (first applications in 2019 for funding in 2020). This will avoid unnecessary duplication of schemes.
    • NHMRC will consult on a proposed new framework for assessment of applications to fund clinical trials and cohort studies in anticipation of developing a separate scheme for these studies.

    Investigator Grants
    Investigator Grants will consolidate separate fellowship and research support into one grant scheme that will provide the highest-performing researchers at all career stages with funding for their salary (if required) and a significant research support package.

    Synergy Grants
    Synergy Grants will provide $5 million per grant for outstanding multi disciplinary research teams to work together to answer complex questions.

    Ideas Grants
    Ideas Grants will support innovative and creative research projects, and be available to researchers with bright ideas at all career stages, including early and mid-career researchers.

    Strategic and Leveraging Grants
    Strategic and Leveraging Grants will support research that addresses identified national needs. This will include an enhanced Targeted Calls for Research scheme and a dedicated funding stream for Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies. It also includes existing schemes such as Centres of Research Excellence, Development Grants, international collaborative schemes, and Partnerships for Better Health (Partnership Centres and Partnership Projects).

    Limits on the number of applications and grants held by each researcher
    To complement the consolidation of funding and to reduce the application and review burden, limits will be placed on the number of grants that can be applied for or held by an individual researcher in the Investigator, Synergy and Ideas Grants streams.

    Please refer to the NHMRC website for further details.

  • OECD Research Programme on Biological Resources in Agriculture

    The programme theme’s span - Land, Soil, Water, Biodiversity, Forests, Aquaculture/Fisheries, Integrated Agricultural Production Systems, Biosecurity, Invasive Species, Food Safety, Diseases, AMR, Climate Risk, Genomic Tech, Bioinformatics, Precision Agriculture, Breeding, Biofuels, etc!

    Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship

    2018 Call for Applications
    The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)'s Call for Applications for funding international conferences (such as workshops, congresses and symposia) and research fellowship grants for funding in 2018 is now open.

    Please note the guidelines and conditions for funding below.

    Applicants must be nationals or residents of one of the countries participating in our Programme:
    Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovak, Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

    The deadline to submit an application is Sunday 10 September 2017, midnight (Paris time).

    Research Fellowships (Fellowships may be from 6 to 26 weeks)
    Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries and who would like to conduct research projects abroad, in another member country of the Co-operative Research Programme.

    The aim of the Research Fellowships is to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation among scientists working in these areas.

    Applications should fit into one of the three following research themes:

    • Managing Natural Capital for the Future
    • Managing Risks in a Connected World
    • Transformational Technologies and Innovation

    To apply for a Research Fellowship Award, please consult the following documents:

    Conference Sponsorship
    Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries for funding towards a conference (or workshop, symposium, etc) to take place in a member country of the Co-operative Research Programme.

    The aim of the Conference Sponsorship scheme is to inform policy makers, industry and academia of current and future research, scientific developments and opportunities in these areas.

    To apply, please consult the following documents:

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  • VLS Health and Safety Committee

    Please see the attached structure of the VLS Health and Safety Committee. More information can be found here.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #16

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 29 May.

Seminars, Conferences and Workshops [Expand All] | [Collapse All

  • Call for GRDC Regional Panel Members

    GRDC are seeking nominations for the Regional Panels. Applications close on Tuesday 4 July 2017

    Applications are invited from candidates with the following skills and experience:

    • Extensive knowledge of the Australian grains industry
    • Excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with growers, advisers, scientists and agribusiness
    • Demonstrated ability to network (please include details of your network coverage within the GRDC’s three regions)
    • Well-developed conceptual and strategic thinking skills
    • Demonstrated understanding of the finance and investment management practices, tools and performance indicators used in modern business practice
    • Demonstrated ability to work constructively in a team
    • Demonstrated interest and/or involvement in research, development or extension in the grains industry and an awareness of strategically important issues that are current

    Further information on the Regional Panel application process is available at www.grdc.com.au/vacancies. Please refer to the Regional Panel Member Information and Application Form.

  • The Crawford Fund 2017 Annual Conference in Canberra

    Please see the attached flyer for the Crawford Fund Scholarship for the Crawford Fund 2017 Annual Conference.

  • 2017 Public Lecture Series - "Healthy Futures"

    Title: Bat Night
    Presenter: Diana Prada, PhD Candidate
    Date: 5 June @ 6pm
    Location: Kim Beazley
    RSVP here

    Title: Virus Wars: Defeating an Invisible Enemy
    Presenter: Professor Cassie Berry
    Date: 12 June @ 6pm
    Location: Kim Beazley
    RSVP here

    Title: From Salamanderfish to Sawfish: What is lurking in Western Australian inland waterways and how can we help them?
    Presenter: Dr Stephen Beatty
    Date: 19 June @ 6pm
    Location: Kim Beazley
    RSVP here